We look forward to a productive year, with a fully-staffed board!
Congratulations to our two newest board members, Vice-President, Maureen McCarthy and Secretary, Ramie Miller.
We look forward to a productive year, with a fully-staffed board!
The PTO Executive Board currently has two vacancies. We are accepting nominations for Secretary and Vice President to fill these vacancies. (Note: the PTO bylaws require that nominees to the positions of President and Treasurer must have served on the Board for at least one year prior to their nomination.) The Executive Board meets regularly once a month throughout the year (in addition to the general PTO meetings), or more frequently if needed. Executive Board meetings are typically held on a weekday evening, depending on the Board members’ availability.
Duties of the offices include:
Vice President: Assists with organizing volunteers and events, or with other activities as needed. Attends PTO fundraisers and events as needed. Conducts meetings in the President’s absence.
Secretary: Keeps minutes of all meetings, writes letters/emails, creates flyers, and maintains a record of correspondence. Also maintains the PTO website, email account, listserve, and social media.
Nominations for these Executive Board positions must be returned by November 1. If more than one nomination is received for the open positions, a vote will be held at the November 14 PTO meeting (6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria).
If you would like to be considered for a position, please print this form and return to school, or email us with the information requested on the form.
The construction team provided the latest update on the building renovation at our October 10, 2019 meeting. You can view the presentation slides here.
The major items that are expected to be complete by December 2019 include:
Representatives from the district, C&S Engineers, and Turner Construction were at the April 11 PTO meeting to provide an update on the renovations at Huntington. You can view their presentation here.
Some items to note:
Take a look at the presentation slides for some photos of the renovation in-progress and details on the schedule. We're all eagerly anticipating the final product!
2018-2019 Yearbooks are on sale now!
ORDERS ARE DUE TUESDAY, APRIL 30 and BOOKS MUST BE ORDERED IN ADVANCE. There will not be another opportunity to purchase a book this year. Cost is $20 per book. The front cover of the book can be personalized with the student's name printed on the bottom corner for an additional $2 per book.
We strongly encourage you to order online at www.YearbookOrderCenter.com. It's fast, easy, and secure! Use order number 16647. You can also order via telephone with a credit card by calling 1.866.287.3096.
You can also pay by check by printing and completing the order form. Checks should be made out to "Huntington School PTO." Please place orders in an envelope marked "yearbook" and give to your student's teacher. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR CASH.
Attention 8th grade parents: Please submit a baby photo for the yearbook! It's a fun tradition to guess the "baby panther" in the yearbook. Photos must be submitted by April 5. The easiest way to submit is through the yearbook photo share website. Be sure to indicate your student's name when you submit a photo! See more info here.
Also, all students are encouraged to participate in the yearbook cover art contest! Submissions are due April 11. Forms are available in the Main Office. See more details here.
Email us with any questions.
The bylaws specify the purpose of the organization, the duties of the Executive Board members, procedures for holding funds and accessing those funds, and other aspects of the PTO operations.
The current Executive Board has drafted an update of the bylaws to address some outdated elements of the existing version and to add clarity to some procedures, especially concerning fund requests. A draft was brought to the October 2018 meeting, but the discussion was postponed until January to allow additional edits to be made.
A draft of the proposed bylaws is now available. Any PTO member (including any parent/guardian of a Huntington student, as well as all teachers and administrators) may submit comments on the draft bylaws at the January 10 meeting or via email prior to the meeting at email@example.com. A simple majority vote at the January 10 meeting is needed to approve the updated bylaws.
Notable proposed changes and additions to the bylaws, by section, are listed below:
Various sections throughout document
The first PTO meeting of the 2018-2019 school year is scheduled for Thursday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. One of the agenda items will be the approval of new bylaws for the organization. The draft bylaws are available for review here.
The bylaws specify the purpose of the organization, the duties of the Executive Board members, procedures for holding funds and accessing those funds, and other aspects of the PTO operations. The current Executive Board has drafted an update of the bylaws to address some outdated elements of the existing version. Some of the notable proposed changes include:
Any PTO member (including any parent/guardian of a Huntington student, as well as all teachers and administrators) may submit comments on the draft bylaws at the October 11 meeting or via email prior to the meeting at firstname.lastname@example.org. A simple majority vote at the October 11 meeting is needed to approve the updated bylaws.
The first day of school will soon be upon us! All new and returning families should have received Mrs. Harlow's recent welcome letter. The letter contains many important details for the opening of the 2018-2019 school year.
Please review Mrs. Harlow's letter for details on the school's cell phone policy (all electronic devices must remain out of sight and turned off).
Also, please note that due to the ongoing building renovations, there will be NO ENTRANCE INTO EITHER PARKING LOT FOR PARENTS (parking, pick-up, or drop-off) UNTIL AT LEAST NOVEMBER. The letter contains more details; please review and plan accordingly for drop-off and pick-up while the parking lots are closed.
We hope you will consider attending a PTO meeting this year. Our first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. PTO meetings are a great opportunity to meet other parents, staff members, and administrators and discuss your concerns and suggestions. We look forward to meeting you!
UPDATE, 8/30/18: The letter from Superintendent Alicea describing the arrival and dismissal procedures that will be in place at the start of school can be found here. Until construction of the new bus loop is complete (anticipated in November), the doors on the west side of the building at the cafeteria will serve as the single point of entry for all students, parents, and other visitors. Please review the letter for more details.
If you have been by school lately, you're certainly aware that the renovations have started! Safety fencing has been put up along Sunnycrest Road, the heavy equipment has moved in, and site work has begun in the front of the school. There are many elements to the renovation, and some of the work will continue throughout the school year and into the next summer. Please make sure to read this letter from Mrs. Harlow updating the community on the work being completed this summer, and see our previous posts for more information about what will be included in the renovations. The PTO Board members will work with the building administration to pass along timely and accurate updates throughout the renovation process. We all look forward to the improved facilities for our students that will result from this project!
Our annual Gertrude Hawk Chocolates fundraiser is underway! Instructions, order forms, and brochures have been distributed to all students. Order forms and online orders that will be delivered to school are due Tuesday, February 27. See the flyer for full details. For online orders, you must set up a fundraiser account here. The Group Code for online orders is 708137. All sale proceeds will go directly to classrooms! Thank you in advance for your support! **Please note that we do not recommend selling door-to-door.**
Parent-Teacher Organization for Huntington PreK-8 School, Syracuse, NY